In praise of the travel smock

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Themulti-pocketed travel smock which looked so ridiculous when Janos modelled itin the office, is now getting mainstream media attention.

“I’mnot going through security with you,” I told him when he showed it to me. “Youlook like a suicide bomber.”

NowI read that the luggage restrictions on no-frills airlines have led to cannypassengers wearing as much clothing as they can to avoid excess luggagecharges.

Passingthe time in London Stansted departures lounge, in a comfortable seat outsidethe Kurt Geiger concession, I can’t help but notice that no-one is buying shoesat this time in the morning. That is no surprise, since the budget airlines arepretty brutal about charging for excess , and most travellers have alreadyfilled up their 55 x 40 x 20 cases with no space at all for an extra pair ofplatform party shoes.

(photo: Rex)

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